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King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents through strategic planning, negotiation, and implementation of benefit programs. Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations is here to help you with your medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning.


Leave donation programs updated for 2023

A new employee-to-employee leave donation program begins Jan. 1, 2023, that has been updated to comply with IRS requirements and the emergency leave fund started during the pandemic will be made permanent.

Under the new programs, donated leave can be used only for reasons specified under the Family and Medical Leave Act, such as a serious health condition or to bond with a new child. Donated time can only be used after you have exhausted your own leave balances, and must be used first for an absence of three or more consecutive days, then can be used intermittently.

If you have unused donated leave, the balance will be moved to the new program on Jan. 7, 2023, and the new rules will apply to it. Details about these programs can be found in the FAQ. Additional information will be posted on the Taking leave webpage in January.


Educational benefits videos available

Learn more about your King County employee benefits and how they work by watching short videos on the Benefit Education page.

Benefits and retirement

Phone 206-684-1556
Fax: 206-296-7700

Phone hours:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays

Fax: 206-296-7678